| As Thursdays
go music wise in Milton Keynes Zaks is fundamentally the
place to be. Tonight independent promoters have booked Beggar
Banquets new signings Oceansize. The surprise however
comes in the form of the support Appliance. The band signed
to Mute records responsible for the critically acclaimed album
'Manual' and the follow up 'Imperial Metric'.
So was this tour a measure for the new album?
"Its been so long since we toured. So were
starting with a low key beginning
to get used to playing the new songs. Its a kind of start
the ball rolling," explains James Brooks the bands
"Its actually been over a year," adds David
Ireland the bands drummer, with
a look of relief that the band are touring once again.
Bassist Michael Parker adds his own feelings. "Yes it has
been a while and you do get out of sink and out of step with
If you were to look at the bands website you would find
the track listening for their forthcoming third album, 'Are
You Earthed?' It was finished in July and
the albums cover sleeve design is available for viewing.
The band has even selected the first single to be released.
After touring with Oceansize the band will move onto Europe
supporting Wire. Just how long had it taken for the band to
be in such a position?
"The album as you know was finished in July. It took around
six months to write and a couple to mix. This is part of the
build up, part of the march," announces David.
Michael injects more reasoning for this method. "Mute were
taken over by EMI and as a result there is the feeling towards
the necessity to to campaign. We would have preferred the album
to be out in October when it was already
The backing of a huge label one would expect would help rather
than hinder but would it work? Would a campaign be successful
in widening the band's appeal bands appeal? >>